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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Pretty interesting news day today.
We have the debut of a new columnist. He's Jude Gore, the second
columnist from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sooner or later
we'll have like a class full of IUP students writing for the newsletter
:) His column is called Lord Of The Rings and can be read in the final
section of the newsletter.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> RAW RATINGS- After an encouraging 5.6 rating from last week, ratings for RAW took a
0.6 dive down, receiving a 5.0 composite with a 7.4 share off hours 4.6
and 5.3. Quarter hour breakdowns are as follows: 4.2, 4.7, 4.8, 4.6,
5.6, 5.5, 5.3, 5.0 and another 5.0 for the overrun. Ratings for the
second hour continued to drop every quarter of an hour. RAW's
opposition, Monday Night Football received a 13.8 with a 23.0 share. It
seems the WWF are a long, long way from achieving the 7's and 8's they
pulled a few months ago. (Scherer)
> RAW REPORT- You can read the full WWF RAW Is WAR report at
> WEEKEND RATINGS- Livewire did a 1.1 with a 3.5 share; Superstars did a 1.2 with a 2.9
share; Heat did a 2.2 with a 3.3 share. (Scherer)
> WWF/HART FAMILY LAWSUIT SETTLED- After talks broke down two weeks ago, the World Wrestling Federation
and the Hart family settled their pending lawsuit outside court. The
settlement now needs a final approve from the court after they filed the
motion late Friday afternoon in the Missouri Court of Appeals. Dan
Margolies, legal reporter of The Kansas City Star reports that the Harts
and WWF officials limited their talks to the media, saying that they
have come to an amicable agreement satisfactory to the parties. However
the WWF will continue on with the lawsuit against the manufacturers of
the equipment that Owen Hart used on May 1999. Sources close to the Star
say that the WWF agreed to pay the Hart family a whopping $18 million to
settle the case out of court. The case should be wrapped up on November
7th, where Martha Hart and her two children will also be in attendance.
Apart from suing the WWF over the death of Owen Hart, the Harts also
sued the Kemper Arena, City of Kansas, manufacturers of the equipment
and stunt co-ordinators on hand that night. If the motion is approved by
the court, the Harts will drop the case, however, the WWF will continue
to go after the manufacturers of the harness and rigging equipment. The
Calgary Sun through SLAM! Wrestling adds to the story that Martha Hart
stated that she's satisfied with the agreement, and hopefully everything
will end on Tuesday. The WWF are escaping the bad media coverage that
they would have received if the case went all the way to court next
year. It should be interesting also to see how the WWF shareholders will
react after - and if - the motion is approved.
> MCMAHON BLASTS PTC, LAWSUIT TO FOLLOW- A few days after Burger King pulled ads from WWF Smackdown!, WWF
chairman Vince McMahon said to the NY Post that a lawsuit against the
PTC will most likely be filed as early as this week. McMahon told the
Post that out of the 35 plus advertisers that the PTC advertise as they
pulled from Smackdown, around 25 of them never bought national
advertising with the WWF. "It's the Big Lie Theory and that's what
they're doing, they're lying their way through this thing," said
McMahon. Vince McMahon is planning to go 'all out' on L Brent Bozell,
head of the Parents TV Council. The WWF chairman also made a brief
comment about the possible WCW buyout when asked by the NY Post. "As a
public company, I need to be careful what I say, but we have had
conversations with them," he said.
> BOOK REVIEWS- IGN Wrestling reviews the latest offerings from the WWF book
collection: Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos and J.R.'s Can You Take The
Heat? More at
> WWFE STOCK- Stocks closed at 15 1/8, a 0.41% decrease over the previous trade. The
day's range was 15 - 15 3/16.
> BRITISH BULLDOG UPDATE- The Calgary Sun reports that British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith has been
released from jail, however has agreed to check into drug rehab despite
denying any drug problems in court. However, the judge "smacked" some
other important conditions apart from drug rehab. Smith will have no
contact at all with his wife Diana, his sister-in-law Ellie and two
other named by the court, he has to pay $2,000 cash for each charge or a
$20,000 surety, no alcohol can be taken as well as non-prescription
drugs. The Bulldog is also barred from being near five residences,
including the house of Stu & Helen Hart. He's expected to check into
rehab within 48 hours, either in US or Alberta, Canada. Full story on
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> NITRO RATINGS- Nitro improved by a 0.3 over last week's rating. The show did a
composite of a 2.5 with a 3.6 share off hours 2.9 and 2.1. Quarter hour
breakdowns are as follows: 2.5, 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, 2.7, 1.9, 1.8, 2.0.
Whenever a show follows a PPV, it usually rises in ratings, as seen last
week for RAW. Nitro was no different either. RAW suffered the most in
their second hour, which was wrestling-unopposed. (Scherer)
> NITRO REPORT- You can read the full WCW Nitro report at
> GENERAL RECTION ON WCW LIVE- The new WCW US champion will be on WCW Live tonight, although the
interview has been pre-taped. In a recent interview with Alex Marvez of
the Observer, Buff Bagwell took some low shots at the man formerly known
as Hugh Morrus, and rumors are flying around that the comments didn't
sit well with the General. WCW Live starts at 8PM EST on WCW.COM with
hosts Jeremy Borash and Bob Ryder.
> THREE PPVS GET A NAME CHANGE- Jeff Jacobson reports that WCW changed the names of three
pay-per-views. The January PPV "Souled Out" will not be "Sin".
"Superbrawl" got an extension to its name, which is now "Superbrawl
Revenge". "Uncensored", which is usually the worst PPV in the WCW
calendar is now known as "GREED". Rumors of WCW changing names to some
of their PPVs actually started to spread around a few months ago but
only now they have been made official.
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>> LORD OF THE RINGSBy Jude Gore, [jude@...]
Hey, everyone... Jude Gore, here; those of you that caught the
play-by-play for No Mercy might have seen me in the channel as
Chronodin. Looks like I'll be getting my weekly chance to express my
views on the wrestling situation, past, present and future. Perhaps the
reason I acquired the desire to write an article on wrestling is that I
read other articles, had opposing views, and wanted to express them
somehow... what better newsletter to write an article for than
Wrestling-Online Newsletter? (Ok, Colin, can I have my free t-shirt now?
( Editor's Note: Better yet, here's $100 for that effort :) )
As some people may have picked up during the PBP, I go to the same
college as everyone's favorite Katie Carpenter; in fact, I live just
down the hall from her. And it's from her article that I will draw my
first subject matter: Kurt Angle as world champion! I think this was a
great move by the WWF (even if it WAS a last-minute decision). The
reason being is that The Rock as world champion, as many people seem to
agree on right now, was getting old. The Rock may be able to draw heat
from the crowd as nobody can, but he was simply a boring champion. Look
at it this way... what's the last actual storyline
The Rock has been involved in? Feuds, maybe, but few storylines. The
most interesting thing on Raw every week should involve the World
Title... hence why the title is held as the most prestigious reward in
the federation, and with WWF being the leader in pro wrestling, the most
prestigious in the entire industry. It's THE title... but when you just
hold it and don't really do much with it, people get bored, and that's
what I feel The Rock has done. Kurt Angle, love him or love to hate
him, has talent oozing from his red, white and blue latex-laden body.
It was his wrestling ability that first got the WWF interested in him,
and turns out that he's a natural on the mic... it's true, it's true.
(Oh, c'mon, you know I had to fit that in SOMEWHERE!)
Speaking of world champions, it reminds me of Triple H, whom I have more
respect for than any other active wrestler (I say active wrestler, as
there are other non-wrestling figures, such as Mick Foley, who top my
list). I don't know if anybody else noticed, but Triple H, being world
champion only a matter of months previously, was pushed down to
mid-card. [cue the gasps of shock] Perhaps 'pushed' wasn't the correct
word. As many people know, Hunter Hearst Helmsley has quite a bit of say
so in WWF booking, so it wouldn't surprise me one bit if it were his
idea to back away from the main event. And even if it wasn't his idea,
how many reports have you read about him complaining? Simply put, he
knew to step aside and let others move up. Involving Chris Benoit and
Kurt Angle in storylines with the bigger names has given them pushes the
likes of which many wrestlers only dream about. Speaking of Benoit,
here's somebody that has impressed me quite a bit. It was never a
question as to how much talent Benoit had... heck, that's where the
whole "best damn technical wrestler" thing came from. But Benoit has
never really had much of an opportunity to practice his mic skills. It's
good that he has, though, because he's quickly developing into an
amazing heel, and in my opinion has the potential to be the top heel in
What about Triple H, you ask? Triple H has become one of the best heels
in the industry, but lately, I'm seeing more and more face-like actions
coming from The Game, hinting at his supposed upcoming face-turn. Why
would they turn Triple H face? If it's not broke, why fix it? Because
stuff in wrestling rarely 'breaks' when left alone, and to wrestling
fans, that's just plain boring. They WANT to see things 'break,' so to
speak. It's all about change, ladies and gentlemen. When The Rock comes
out and makes indications to turning things sideways and shoving them
straight up people's candyasses, as much as the people love it (Hell,
it's live, you'd cheer like that too if you were live) you come to
expect it and it becomes routine. But how often does Rock say that now?
Not nearly as often as he used to, which sets up the situation where
when he DOES say it, we're caught off-guard and are forced to think,
"Hey! I forgot about that! Awesome!"
Now, that I've commented on a few things the WWF is doing right, I'll
comment on a few things the WWF is doing WRONG. One... X-Pac having
air-time. Let me sum a lot up in just one message to the WWF: The fans
aren't booing X-Pac because he's doing a good job of being a heel. It's
not the same as the normal, "He insulted our hometown!" booing. They're
booing because, quite frankly, they don't want to see him. He's
annoying. Simply put, X-Pac makes one God-awful heel. As a face and a
yes-man to Triple H, he was tolerable (and that's just my opinion, I've
never been that crazy about X-Pac anyway,
but now he's just plain BAD). Well, that was the big thing I'm not crazy
about. Another thing is that there really is no major faction in the
WWF. Lots of guys on their own, but few alliances. As cliché as it may
be, I'm feeling the need for at least one major stable in the WWF,
ideally a heel stable (as face stables are usually formed to combat heel
So, that should about do it for this week's edition of The Lord of the
Rings. Feel free to send me e-mails with your comments, suggestions and
whatnot. See ya.
PS: Bra and panties matches with Lita and Trish = GOOD! Also, go buy
November's issue of WWF Magazine. Contains Stephanie McMahon pictures,
which also = GOOD.
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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